HoTspur Towers - Willie Evans
Willie Evans, who once played so well in front of the English selectors that he was selected to play for the country, at which point he informed them he was Welsh and proud of it.
Willie another Welsh wizard who started down the pits before being rescued and becoming a footballer at Tottenham.
Willie had Joined our ground staff at 16 and turned out for several local teams as well as representing The Spartan League, Middlesex and the he London FA . It was in an Southern Counties V the North match which was an unofficial trial game for the England side that he impressed the selectors.
His debut for Spurs came in the Final of the London Charity Cup in 1931 and he quickly won a starting place in the first team at just 18 years of age.
His League debut was against the Welsh side Swansea when he scored twice.
He was part of the Percy Smith side that became known as the greyhounds because of their speed of movement. In 1932 he made his international debut. The following year he was a key member of the Tottenham side that won promotion.
Below - With his Welsh cap in 1932-33 season.
Then in 1936 on his 24th birthday he suffered a knee injury at Aston Villa that would require several operations and Tottenham released him.
He joined Fulham but the injury quickly brought his retirement at 25 without him playing a first team game for his new club.
He moved into coaching and later became a press match reporter and sports journalist.
He iwas described as having a sledgehammer for a shot. One goal at Fulham the report said the ball was hit so hard it was in the net before anyone had moved. On another occasion he scored a goal that is said to have been just inside the opponents half.
Willie appeared for Tottenham 195 times with 86 goals and a vast number of assists. He was captain of the side on two occasions in November 1935 before he was injured. He won six full caps with one goal for Wales.
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